Fiber specialist DSM Dyneema says that it has expanded its ballistic materials research and development capabilities for helmet applications.

Expansion of the company’s tech center in Heerlen, The Netherlands will include replacing existing equipment with upgraded technology, including a helmet press, as well as bringing on additional personnel to join the team of development and testing staff.

‘This investment will improve significantly our material R&D capabilities to support our customers to develop next generation helmets,’ said Marcio Manique, global business director, DSM Dyneema. ‘This represents an area where innovation is needed desperately to keep soldiers and law enforcement personnel protected from ever-evolving threats, while lightening their load to enable them to perform their duties effectively.’

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